An alarming report has been released by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) that is picking up traction throughout the region. According to a report in the Barbados newspaper, Nation News, the I.C.E., in a period of only six months, over two thousand convicted criminals were deported to Caribbean countries. In Belize, where the crime situation has spiraled out of control, seventy-four of those convicts were returned from the US between October 2010 and March 2011. It’s a high number that can be contributing to the excessive violence and the means by which those crimes are committed. According to the report, the bulk of the deportees, referred to as “criminal aliens”, went to the Dominican Republic, which received one thousand and sixty-six persons followed by Jamaica with five hundred and twenty-eight. A hundred and twenty-five were sent back to Trinidad and Tobago while the Bahamas got sixty-five and Guyana, sixty-four. The remaining deportees were scattered in small numbers to other countries. During the same period, a whopping eighty-six thousand four hundred and sixty-nine criminal migrants were deported to Latin America. That’s also bad news for Belize since more than seventy thousand of those convicts are right across the border, in Mexico.

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